-Last Sunday's homily is available by email
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at www.usccb.org
-check out this weeks LinC letter at www.parishlincletter.blogspot.com
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 11:00am and 6:00pm
Got Mercy? Need Mercy?
This lent we are attempting to walk the "way of Mercy". This Lent is the annual check up on the quality of our believing. Faith in our good God can be (and has been described by Jesus) as "loving God and our neighbor as our self." I am suggesting that we examine our love of God and our love of neighbor against the measurement of mercy.
As Jesus was tested by Satan in the desert, so we might test our relationship with God. Is there any mercy in God's love for us? Do we need his mercy? Do we recognize our need for mercy? If not, let's start.
Secondly, in our love of neighbor (and I presume we are all loving some neighbors) is this quality called mercy present and active? Isn't it possible that we have been "loving" someone(s) for a long time (at least we thought we were loving) but we have no mercy on them, for them? So much of our loving is "tough love" as they called it in the 90's. No tenderness, no kindness, no empathy - just the hard true love(this is going to hurt me more than you....type).
So, is there any mercy in there? That's what I'm thinking about this Lent.
Get into the ring! How this works...
This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!